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  • The Post-American World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (143)

    For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places.

    Gus says: "The Rise of Chindia"
    "Very good insights offered fairly"
    Overall

    As a conservative and political junkie, I have to take issue with some of the other comments. A reader doesn't have to agree with every point or accept every assertion as accurate to find real thinking value in a piece. This is not an anti-American book at all. If fuses some really startling points on how through our nation's global successes (economic and political) we have succeeded in helping the world to change and grow so quickly that our position as a sole superpower is challenged from the rise of other nations more than our own decline. If you believe competition is good, are optimistic about American ingenuity, and are not afraid of the new inter-related world, there's a great deal in this book to excite. If you're looking for the same old stale rhetoric about America and the world stage (anti or pro American), you may not like this piece. For those not afraid to think outside of the box, you'll get a lot from this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse. But they offer a panoply of useful ideas and reforms, endorsing some solutions, like greater public participation and institutional restructuring, while debunking others, like independent or third-party candidates. Above all, they call on the media as well as the public to focus on the true causes of dysfunction rather than just throwing the bums out every election cycle.

    Scott says: "A No-Nonsense Look at our Current Political Crisis"
    "Interesting start, flops on rampant partisanship"
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    Any additional comments?

    As a conservative Republican, I really enjoy and benefit from reading across a variety of ideologies. This book started out on a theme/analysis that was interesting and compelling to all sides of the political equation. However, it quickly moved into rewriting recent (back 30 years) political history to support a very liberal/progressive view and it slips into a repetitive smear of the GOP and conservatives. A more balanced analysis assigning real blame to both sides (deservedly so) would have been a much more persuasive read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Kamal Ravikant
    • Narrated By Kamal Ravikant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (138)

    In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEOs on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer. Afterward, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them. This book is based on the truth I spoke about. It's something I learned from within myself, something I believed saved me. And more than that, the way I set about to do it. This is a collection of thoughts on what I learned, what worked, what didn't. Where I succeed and importantly, where I fail daily.

    Ron says: ""Love Yourself." I just read the book 4 you!"
    "Simply awful"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    The entire premise of this book comes down to you should just keep telling yourself over and over and over again that you love yourself. Literally. This is not self-help, self-development, or anything akin to value. It's an author who took a ridiculous whiny essay and built a social media and online campaign (including Audible reviews, it appears) to sell this thing to a lot of people (stupid me!) for almost $3. Lesson learned. Simply awful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7404)
    Performance
    (6905)
    Story
    (6933)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Sci-Fi for the non sci-fi reader"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm honestly not sure how I stumbled across this book, but the scoring and reviews were so good I had to give it a try. I don't regret it. Set into the future after a completely fantastical change in the planet with a race of super-human villains, the story has enough action to keep it moving, enough character development to interest, enough humor to please, and that bit of hope in a hero prevailing to keep you wanting for more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (810)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Fascinating histories separate and woven together"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    A well-written concept to briefly tell the histories of both men running separately, woven with their times in history and then their own paths. So much more has been written about TR than has been about Taft that the TR history here seems brief and the Taft history was quite enlightening. Herrmann's narration was spot-on. A must listen/read for anyone interested in either President or that period in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2001)
    Performance
    (1777)
    Story
    (1792)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "A run of the mill Pendergast story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    A bit different story than the typical Pendergast series, it brings a former character Corrie Swanson to the forefront as the main character. Interesting, unexpected turns and predictable at times, it's likely to appeal to a broader audience than the typical Pendergast-focused book. Abandon historical and quasi-supernatural story lines and think crime drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated By Donnie Eichar
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (228)

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

    Bruce says: "Fascinating and compassionate investigation"
    "A gem from an largely unknown (Soviet) history"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Eerie story of wildly mysterious disappearance and deaths of a group of Soviet climbers during the height of the Cold War. A mystery so shocking with hints of the supernatural or horrible crime, woven with an investigation into what really happened with a conclusion that's both surprising and sensible. Amazing that it was "solved" to the author and this reader's satisfaction. Read by the author which usually not the ideal, here it works because of the compelling mystery that draws you in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4720)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2694)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Another solid Mickey Haller story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    With a story well-placed in the mortgage meltdown window of time and news stories, Connelly weaves another good Mickey Haller crime/courtroom story. There's just something intriguing about a client you can't find a reason to like and a main character in Haller who is complicated, damaged and highly interesting. It won't disappoint to new or series Haller listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Kelly
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    It started in 1845 and lasted six years. Before it was over, more than one million men, women, and children starved to death and another million fled the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the 19th century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe.

    C. Telfair says: "Unforgettable, Haunting, and a Compelling Warning"
    "Poor audio quality"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The volume on the recording varied so wildly I found myself having to adjust it almost continually, as well as the median volume on this was abnormally low to start with. Although the book might have had promise, I finally had to give up after a couple of hours of real frustration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (587)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Excellent read, gritty, humorous"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead I Well May Be the most enjoyable?

    Narrator Gerard Doyle does an outstanding job with the Irish street thug accent and portraying the main character's sarcastic personality to a tee.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is a thug, but he's so darn sarcastically funny that you can't help but laugh and root for him.


    Any additional comments?

    All three books in this series are must-reads (must listen) and I've done so at least twice with each.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eye for an Eye: A Dewey Andreas Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (605)

    In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss. Andreas - former Army Ranger and Delta - is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.

    Anthony says: "Another Impossible Hero"
    "Great book, didn't want to stop listening"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eye for an Eye?

    The most memorable moment of the book was the battle on the German highway. It was fast, engaging, heroic and quite unbelievable. But it was still a blast to listen to largely because it was easy to visualize it as in a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviewers have praised this series as a new replacement for the Mitch Rapp series with the passing of author Vince Flynn. Ben Coes' character Dewey Andreas is compelling, but quite different. One challenge is that a core element of this story is very similar to one from a Flynn book, but not as effective or executed as well in the story. It was also completely predictable (that element). Good book and definitely worth reading, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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